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The Industry Fair Wear & Tear Standard for LCVs

The aim of this guide This fair wear and tear guide for the contract hire and leasing industry is produced by the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association with the assistance of a specialist working group drawn from BVRLA members and independent market experts.


The aim of the BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide is to provide an industry-wide, accepted standard that defines fair wear and tear on light commercial vehicles and minibuses with up to 17 seats when they are returned to a BVRLA member at the end of a rental contract or finance agreement.

Fair wear and tear occurs when conventional operation causes acceptable deterioration to a vehicle. When BVRLA members review this type of deterioration in the vehicle’s condition at the end of a contract or finance agreement, they take into account the age, mileage and use of the vehicle.

This guide is for drivers and fleet operators of light commercial vehicles and minibuses up to 17 seats.

Fair wear and tear should not be confused with damage which occurs as a result of a specific event or series of events, such as impact, inappropriate stowing of items, harsh treatment, negligent acts or omissions.

The Fair Wear & Tear Standard This guide defines the industry standard at return for every aspect of the vehicle’s condition.

Licensed by the BVRLA for use by Volkswagen Financial Services from 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2019




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